Flash-storage pioneer Violin Memory quietly files for its IPO

Violin Memory has filed for a $173 million initial public offering, although it did so without much of the hype traditionally associated with Violin news. The company is on pace for $100 million in revenue this year, but it’s now part of a crowded flash market.

Samsung builds upward with NAND flash

For years, companies such as Micron and Samsung have been shrinking NAND flash, but the laws of physics say they can only make it so small. New approaches are emerging. Meanwhile, Samsung is now making vertically stacked NAND, allowing for better performance, according to a Tuesday blog post.